As June opens and summer begins, the surefire way to beat the heat is with some new music. From desert rock to dance floor beats, June kicks off with plenty of new releases. Whether you dig the electro-orgasmic sounds of Capital Cities, the righteous rock of Queens of the Stone Age, or the new-soul insights of Quadron, this month’s music offerings cater to all listening pleasures.
Capital Cities — In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery. Capital Cities’ debut LP brings more of the duo’s signature style. Featuring 12 tracks of pure electronic-dance bliss including the hit single “Safe and Sound.” Via Capitol/Universal Records and Lazy Hooks.
Queens of the Stone Age — …Like Clockwork. After a lengthy hiatus QOTSA and their frontman Josh Homme are back with …Like Clockwork. The group’s fifth LP reiterates their classic desert-infused sound and is backed up by an impressive lineup of guest musicians. From Matador and Rekords Rekords.
Ben Folds Five — Ben Folds Five Live. Featuring live performances from 2012 and 2013, the piano driven alt. rock shines in tracks like “Landed” and “Song for the Dumped.” Via Sony Music.
Quadron — Avalanche. If the smoky R&B of Quadron is wrong, then it shouldn’t ever be right, baby. Avalanche offers velvety vocals and electrified beats. From Vested in Culture/Epic.
Portugal. The Man — Evil Friends. Indie-rock at its finest with righteous vocals and crunchy guitar; twelve tracks that will blow your mind. Be sure to check out the video for the title track. The album arrives via Atlantic Records.
Rogue Wave — Nightingale Floors. This is the fifth studio album from the Oakland natives. Fun and gentle tracks with upbeat vocals, guitar and piano performances. The record features the track “College,” which reminds everyone of what they’d rather forget about their higher education experiences. Check it out via Vagrant Records.